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Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) on DADT Repeal: Soldiers Would be Unwilling to Fight and Die for Their Gay Comrades

Senator_inhofeSenator James Inhofe thinks all soldiers are as bigoted as he is, suggesting in an interview with the American Family Association yesterday that service members would be less willing to sacrifice — less willing to fight and die — if they knew "the guy in the next foxhole" was gay.

Said Inhofe: "For those of us...and I’m one of them...who have gone through the military, gone through basic training, and you stop and think... it just doesn’t make any sense. Second of all, it’s just not working. You have women, men, then you have a third group to deal with, and they’re not equipped to do that. And you hear the stories all the time. A military guy...I happen to be Army, and Army and Marines always feel that when we’re out there, we’re not doing it for the flag or the country; we’re doing it for the guy in the next foxhole. And that would dramatically change that."

You may recall Inhofe as the senator whose family never had a gay or a divorce.


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  1. His statements aren't exactly a surprise, are they?

    Posted by: anon | May 14, 2010 1:14:52 PM

  2. Translation:You get men, women, niggers, spics, them damn orientals. Now we gotta worry about faggots.

    I love his honesty and openness on how he is willing to commit treason if someone doesn't mend to his moral sensibilities. Moron.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | May 14, 2010 1:33:31 PM

  3. i would be unwilling to fight and die for anyone like Sen Inhofe and his ilk...

    Posted by: mike/ | May 14, 2010 3:25:18 PM

  4. The man doesn't know what in the hell he is talking about. Straight and gay soldiers alike are alreay taking bullets for each other and have been in every war we have ever fought in. As a combat veteran of Vietnam, I was accused by a bigoted soldier who was new in country of being a fag. Much to both our surprises, my fellow vets to a man, came to my defense. Not because they were enlightened, or even approved, but because I had admirably proven myself in combat to have their backs. This new guy had yet to prove himself and if sides were being forced to be taken, they were going to come down on the side of a fellow veteran who had proven himself over the new guy who hadn't, regardless of sexual orientation. On some level I suspected they knew I was homsexual, but it wasn't an issue. They wanted no part of someone trying to make it an issue. Thus the accuser was the one who became the outcast, not the accused. In time, the accuser proved himself in combat and was finally accepted, but the gay issue never came up again.

    Mr. Inhoffe, there's an old saying (I think it's confusious) that goes something like this: "Tis better to keep quiet and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!"

    Posted by: Mike | May 14, 2010 6:23:13 PM

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